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Saving water over the holidays

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Don’t forget to wash your hands before cooking. Photo credit: Denver Water.

Any time of year is a good time to save water. Let us help you with a few ideas.

  • Don’t use running water to thaw a frozen turkey or other food. Defrost food in the refrigerator. (It’s safer, too.)
  • Wash vegetables and fruits in a bowl or basin using a vegetable brush instead of letting water run. Use the extra water on plants.
  • Chill drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the faucet until the water is cold.
  • Make sure the dishwasher is full before running it. Avoid cycles like pre-rinse and rinse-hold that use heated water but may not be necessary to clean your dishes.
  • Scrape dishes — don’t rinse — before putting them in the dishwasher. Energy Star-qualified dishwashers and today’s detergents are designed to clean without needing a rinse

Find more water-saving tips.